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Alfredo Jaar

Chilean, b. 1956

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Alfredo Jaar

Chilean, b. 1956

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Chilean-born artist, architect, and filmmaker Alfredo Jaar creates installations, photographs, films, and community-based projects that explore issues around humanitarian crises and the relationship between the First and Third Worlds. Probing the contemporary over-saturation of media images and the limitations of art in representing atrocities, Jaar draws attention to global power and exploitation. Perhaps his best-known work, This Is Not America (A Logo for America) (1987) consisted of a sequence of projections overlooking a U.S. army recruitment station in Times Square, including the outlined map of the U.S. with the words “This Is Not America” written across, and the word “America” superimposed over all the Americas—North, Central, and South. “There's this huge gap between reality and its possible representations. And that gap is impossible to close,” Jaar has said. “So as artists, we must try different strategies for representation.”

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New Museum, and 6 more
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Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 13 more
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Tate, and 1 more
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Artforum, and 6 more
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Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 9 more
Biography

Chilean-born artist, architect, and filmmaker Alfredo Jaar creates installations, photographs, films, and community-based projects that explore issues around humanitarian crises and the relationship between the First and Third Worlds. Probing the contemporary over-saturation of media images and the limitations of art in representing atrocities, Jaar draws attention to global power and exploitation. Perhaps his best-known work, This Is Not America (A Logo for America) (1987) consisted of a sequence of projections overlooking a U.S. army recruitment station in Times Square, including the outlined map of the U.S. with the words “This Is Not America” written across, and the word “America” superimposed over all the Americas—North, Central, and South. “There's this huge gap between reality and its possible representations. And that gap is impossible to close,” Jaar has said. “So as artists, we must try different strategies for representation.”

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Established
Established representation
Represented by industry leading galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
New Museum, and 6 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 13 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 6 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 9 more
Shows Featuring Alfredo Jaar
Articles Featuring Alfredo Jaar
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Dec 5th, 2019
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Our Emerging Curator Competition Winner on Her Plan to Carry Rauschenberg’s Torch Into the Future
Dec 8th, 2014
Our Emerging Curator Competition Winner on Her Plan to Carry Rauschenberg’s Torch Into the Future
Alfredo Jaar on the Rebirth of the Biennale
Jun 1st, 2013
Alfredo Jaar on the Rebirth of the Biennale
Alfredo Jaar’s Haunting Ghost of the Giardini at the Chilean Pavilion
May 28th, 2013
Alfredo Jaar’s Haunting Ghost of the Giardini at the Chilean Pavilion
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